Monica Lewinsky broke her silence on the Bill Clinton scandal after she wrote an article for Vanity Fair recently. The former White House intern, now 40, posed for the issue in a white dress after breaking nearly a decade of virtual silence.
“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.” She added: “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”
The notorious affair impacted both politics and pop culture, and is referenced in one of Beyoncé’s songs, “Partition.” Lewinsky unloaded her emotions and also wanted to take a jab back at Queen Bey. “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’”
The shot taken at one of the most loved women in music helped make Lewinsky one of the hottest topics on Twitter Tuesday. Lewinsky speaking about the affair is certainly news alone, but taking on the reigning queen of pop certainly set the 140-character social media site ablaze.
Most people reacted with humor that Lewinsky would address the lyric. Others tried to find ways to show how Beyoncé’s original lyric would make sense. It’s unlikely the “Drunk In Love” singer will address the former White House intern’s recent Vanity Fair comment, but it could potentially appear in another song of hers.
Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair spread, of course, was about much more than Beyoncé. She talked about Hillary Clinton placing more blame on the mistress than her husband and how the former secretary of state allegedly told her friend Diane Blair Lewinsky was a “narcissist loony toon.”
“If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky,” Lewinsky wrote in Vanity Fair, as quoted by Politico. “Mrs. Clinton, I read, had supposedly confided to Blair that, in part, she blamed herself for her husband’s affair (by being emotionally neglectful) and seemed to forgive him.”
Lewinsky added: “Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband’s mistress. She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman — not only me, but herself — troubling.”
The Vanity Fair issue will be available through a digital edition on May 8 and it will hit newsstands May 13.
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